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Swinging For The Fences: 5 Bold Predictions For The 2011 MLB Playoffs

Submitted by on September 30, 2011 – 10:05 am8 Comments
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Before we get started, I’d like to point out that I’ve got a pretty impressive track record this year when it comes to making “bold” predictions. Back in April, I put together a list of my “5 Bold Predictions For The 2011 NBA Playoffs.” One of those predictions happened to be that the Dallas Mavericks would win the 2011 NBA Finals. And, wouldn’t you know, I was right! So, clearly, I know what I’m talking about and you should go ahead and use my predictions to bet large amounts of money on sporting events.

Or, er, maybe you shouldn’t. ‘Cause, uh, let’s just say the Mavericks winning the title was one of the few things I got right back in April. But, do you really think that’s going to stop me from doing the same thing with the 2011 MLB Playoffs? Not a chance! After seeing what went down the other night with the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, and Atlanta Braves, you’d be foolish to put too much stock into the bold predictions I’m about to make. But that doesn’t mean I’m not still going to make them. So to help you get ready for the playoffs—which start tonight at 5PM/EST with a game between the Rays and Texas Rangers—here are my 5 Bold Predictions For Major League Baseball’s 2011 Playoffs

1. The Rays will beat the Rangers in a short series.

Most people weren’t surprised to see the New York Yankees essentially roll over and let the Rays beat them on Wednesday night in order to get into the playoffs. The Yanks had, after all, already clinched home-field advantage throughout the American League playoffs and they really had nothing to play for. Or, did they? By letting the Rays win, they gave the hottest team in baseball a ticket to the playoffs and they’d better hope they don’t have to face them in a series with the AL pennant on the line. But I think there’s a pretty good chance the Rays use the momentum they have to beat the Rangers in the first round. Which brings me to my second prediction…

2. The Yankees will not win the World Series.

That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m picking the Rays to beat the Yankees (though, for the record, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen!). But it does mean that I’m not picking the Yankees to win the championship this year. That distinction goes to…

3. The Philadelphia Phillies will take home the World Series title.

As a New York Mets fan, it pains me to make this prediction. But, let’s face it: The Phils bought all the pitching they could in the offseason and it’ll pay off for them in the playoffs this year. No team is going to be able to handle the starting rotation of the Phillies—not even the Yankees!—and the Phillies will coast to a World Series win. But, that doesn’t stop me from predicting that…

4. The Cardinals will give the Phillies a scare in the divisional playoffs.

Just like the Rays, the Cards are hot right now. They also really weren’t supposed to make the playoffs so they’re essentially playing with house money right now. Because of that, I think the Cardinals could win two or three games against the Phillies and give them a real scare. This matchup is going to be the best of the four divisional playoff matchups. Which is more than we can say about these next two teams…

5. The Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks will have the least-watched playoff series in MLB playoff history.

Okay, maybe that’s being a bit too harsh. But, seriously: Who cares about who wins this series? Neither team can beat the Phillies—or the Cards for matter—neither team has a real bonafide star (save for maybe the Brew Crew’s Prince Fielder), and neither team has many fans outside of their respective cities. All of that makes for one hell of a boring series. But once this one is over, look for this to be the best MLB Playoffs in years. Especially when the Yankees and Phillies meet in the World Series. Because while I’m bold, I’m not bold enough to pick against either one of those teams…

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